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fighting between ukrainian shoulders and pro-russia separatists. vehicles and tires have become makeshift barricades, set alight to try to keep the government troops at bay. there are a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and the fighters of the checkpoint. people are going to work were injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. this way shooting at buildings from the tent for about half an hour hour. >> a stock pile of petrol bombs on hand to throw at any soldiers who didn't come near. it didn't stop the advance of armored vehicles, nor did the chants of residents. checkpoints are controlling traffic in and out. not all traffic has been halted. up to eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of osce observers did make it through. a road side north of donetsk, they embraced freedom with an over powering sense of relief. a carefully choreographed handover bringing an end to the can'tivity of the observers. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness, deep relief on the situation, it was really tough. the last two nights, as we saw the situation developing. fina
of the leader. now he's sending airplanes there and that is a threat to eastern ukraine. russia is not a calming force in ukraine. >> how different is this from the other a countrys that we have seen this happening like georgia? >> it is different than georgia in a key way, that is often overlooked. in 2008, the regions had not be under a meaningful sovereignty for over a decade. that is not true in eastern decade. >> this is meaningful? >> this is more meanful and more aggressive efforts. this forces went into russia in 2008. this is a more and lasted much longer in ukraine, this is a more serious and dangerous situation. >> coming back to this, how did kiev lose control of the strong holds and what can they do to regain the control? >> kiev, i'm not sure used that language, you have had a very divided population in ukraine, and you have had weak institutions that can't bring a divided country today. we have division in the united states too. but our institutions reasonably well to keep it together. that is not happening in ukraine. following the ousting or the democratic revolution in february
outside of russia itself, he's trying to say to the government in kiev, you have to take our interests into account. and these efforts that he's undertaken in eastern ukraine and now in odessa in the southwestern part of the country in the pro-russian areas, i think are all claimed at that point. perhaps to the point of delegitimizing the may elections that secretary kerry was referring to. >> and you know what concerns so many people here, from east to west, south to north in ukraine, we are seeing an escalation in violence, and an intensity of detention going on there. where do you see this ending? >> i think what putin would like to see is the ukrainian nationalist element in the country cut a deal with the pro-russian elements that is acceptable to moscow. that would involve a substantial devolution of power away from the central government in kiev toward the provinces, which would give russian much more sway over the pro-russian areas. but if he can't get that, i think his plan b. is a further partition. so the insertion of what are clearly russian special forces, russian politica
to counterdemonstrations that pulled down the government of viktor yanukovych to a creeping russia, to the eruption of protests across eastern ukraine, to what we have today, a situation inching closer to all-out fighting to russian alined irregular forces and ukranian military forces. as uptions and storming the buildings spread, the kiev government threatened retaliation and publicly acknowledged it lost before the fighting began. when the ukrainian government fought back, russia, a foreign country, warned ukraine about trying to reoccupy its open government buildings on its own soil. the tempo of fighting is increasing and people continue to die. >> reporter: pro-russian forces brought down two military helicopters in slovyansk - one using a sophisticated surface-to-air missile. this man is said to be a survivor. two other helicopter crew members were killed, along with a pro-russian militiaman. it was the first sign of the kiev government's counteroffensive to reclaim the eastern part of the country. >>. >> operations are ongoing, casualties mounting as an offensive against the pro-russian insu
. max im, good morning to you. odessa has been pro-russia, why are things coming to a head now? is this in response to conflicts elsewhere or have things always been this tense? >> what we see now is two hot spots in ukraine. eastern ukraine with an anti-terrorist operation that is being pursued in the east with an active battle going on on the outskirts of slovyansk. of course, top attention right now is on odessa, with that horrific day yesterday when we saw the deadly clashes. the death toll continues to climb, and right now we know of 46 dead. but a lot of injured people are still being treated in hospitals. >> max im, you mentioned the active battle happening in odessa and the conflicts. where is the conflict headed and what message does it send to other areas of ukraine. >> i think right now russia is trying actively to pursue the scenario to stablilize the situation in eastern ukraine. despite the public talks and statements from russian foreign minister or officials. what we have on the ground is that rush job operators are working there and the main goal is to get the
at the white house. the two leaders discussed sanctions against russia over the situation in ukraine and the future of relations between the u.s. and germany. this is 30 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. it is always a great pleasure to welcome my friend chancellor merkel to the white house. germany is one of our strongest allies and angela is one of my closest partners. with her indulgence, i want to start by making two brief comments. first, as president, my top priority is doing everything we can to create more jobs and opportunity for hard-working families for our economic strength as a source of strength in the world. this morning, we learned our businesses created 277,000 new jobs last month. all told, our business is now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job growth. the grit and determination of the american people are moving us forward but we have to keep a relentless focus on job creation and creating more opportunities for work and families. there is plenty more that congress should be doing from raising the minimum wage to creating good construc
the standoff between the country's military and pro-russia activists has taken an even more violent turn in recent weeks. the interior minister says it's offensive to drive out what it calls terrorists from slovyansk. on friday, at least nine people were killed, including the pilots of two helicopters shot down by pro-russia separatists. the violence has spread to the southern port city of odessa as well. you're seeing some of the images into us from there. activists who support the government in kiev slashed with pro-russia supporters. a fire at a trade union building, that's what you're looking at now, killed at least 31 people. and we have these new developments into cnn. a team of military observers from the organization for security and cooperation in europe, the osce, they've been held captive in eastern ukraine for more than a week. well, there are reports now that they have been freed. pro-russia separatists accuse them of being nato spies. senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is near slovyansk. he joins us on the phone now and can speak to us. nick, tell us, what'
there. the other thing is that russia, the kremlin backed channel, the 10 residents were killed during the operation to take back control of that tv tower - obviously we have no independent corroboration of that before, that's what russia today is saying this morning. >> the interior minister said he will not stop. what do you think he means by that. >> well, i think - listen, he's something of a maverick. he makes official statements via facebook rather than the official ministry website. i think his sentiment is expressing what is in line with the ukranian kiev government has been saying for days. i came from kiev yesterday. the acting president there, mr oleksandr turchynov was insisting that the cheest would not be a -- east would not be allowed to slip away. he introduced conscription for 18-25-year-olds across ukraine. they could be getting september out as early as monday next week. there's a determination in ukraine and in kiev in particular, of course, that the east of ukraine is not just going to be allowed to be taken over by what kiev says are professional mercenaries, dire
to find a simple country that is going to be divided russia is also courting on the united nations security council to convene as soon as possible to deal with the situation satisfy the nicer places here in eastern ukraine people very tense people were very frightened. the situation seemingly about to disconnect boise on t study on its eastern ukraine. the meaning of the united nations security council convened today of violence rocking eastern ukraine. stop the proceedings. two hour meeting on the united nations security council the thirteenth time the council meets on the ukrainian christmas the second time this week. we knew who was the wife and left leaning brought up with the increased chaos and violence in eastern ukraine given the goal of life and most are right in the conflict. it was in russia that called for the fashion to take place the thing the urgency of the meaning of what it called a rezoning of military haitian against its own people by the cuban government the unraveling of the criminal misadventures that week even more catastrophic consequences for the violence t
welcome the visit of secretary general feldman to russia. we believe it is time that it is a priority. it is the priority and we should avoid any further escalation of the prices by beginning dialogue with a view to contributing to peace andation of stability so that the elections can take place on the 25th of may. >> i think the representative of statement. >> thank you, mr. president. president, the situation in ukraine has. it in the past few hours. launched forces have have continued to seize public buildings and cities in eastern ukraine. the prosecutor's office is even occupied by the militants. they killed the two crew members. the osce military observers are still illegally obtained -- detained. we are deeply concerned by all these developments which further deteriorate the delicate situation in eastern ukraine. we strongly condemn the violence and by armed securities call for the appropriate response by the ukrainian forces. put our fullhould support behind the good officials of the secretary-general in resolving the crisis in ukraine. mr. feldman is going to ukraine. i call
why does sanctions on russia to try to be trained to lead. then it tells of support is growing for a presidential candidate to its label. these are troubling he looked ahead to next weeks. fighting in the south of ukraine in the key port city of odessa which has avoided any violence up until now. the reports of as many as thirty people dead in a fire in the port area dozens of injuries there as well the situation remains volatile and ideas today for the first time ukrainian ministry forces moved against pro russia militias in the east is his heels of yet two minutes the helicopter went down to as there were a number of casualties. we will be going online. the reason for not to tell as kiev moves to restore its control in the contested areas. there are questions about by elections later this month and of international diplomacy can pull this country back from them in a village near donetsk residents blocked the path of ukrainian army tanks. he demanded the soldiers turned back can go home. he has launched a major operation to re gain control that separate is held areas. but so f
spoken out forcefully and against russia's illegal actions in ukraine and you have been a leader in the european union as well as an indispensable partner in the g7. your presence here today is a reminder that our nations stand united. we are united in our determination on coordinated sanctions. we are united on our unwavering article five commitment to the security of our nato allies including german aircraft joining nato patrols over the baltics. we are united in our support for ukraine including the very important imf program approved this week to help them stabilize and reform its economy. as ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian groups are not peaceful protesters. they are heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from russia. the ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory and russia needs to use its influence over these paramilitary groups of they disarm and stop. evoking provoking violence. let me say that we are also united in our
again in new york and russia the us aisle to find common ground between the tuesday meeting at the un security council. the what you seem to lack of breaking the story and that the scandal became a design spread to the countryside happy. dozens of fatalities in school was even a peep in the country the people sitting the test at the time being ready to be peaceful farming for the race came in kiev at the ga than a complete its maniacal tv stations that my site the trade unions building west of port is a great serotonin have been forced myself to trying to seek shelter that has a strong will to see stability fifty eight people have been killed according to police some of the victims died on the jumping and the wind as it is quick to cite part is when she'll be it old school was even good people. i've been feeling in the streets calling for help or side of the same time mosman and i hate the theme connecting people in the streets with machine guns. it is amazing horowitz has joined by members of borrowing expressed disgust and fear the eighth with a blanket not to go to sydney lecturer
russia today and that trigger is the continued destabilization inside ukraine to the point that it would impede crucial elections in ukraine set for may 25th, about three weeks from now. and as the u.s. sets this new red line, the u.s. and russia are moving further apart in their views of the situation. the u.s. is blaming russia. russia blaming the u.s. today you have the president saying that clearly russia must be involved and they must be peaceful if they have missiles to shoot down helicopters. meanwhile, russia's ambassador to the u.n. accusing the u.s. of orchestrating the violence. he made the point that every time a u.s. official visits kiev, that the violence on the ground increases. you also have western officials taking a more darkly humorous look at the events tweeting ukrainian helicopters shot down in slovyansk, some elderly ladies must have bought rpgs at the grocery store, i assume. this is dark humor. they have a way to push back against the russian propaganda and it's really enflaming the ground and it's to support the paramilitaries and we're seeing the effects right
by the u.s.? washington may times attempted to tell russia where and how military troops should write. the white house was insulted by our appeal to the government to withdraw from eastern ukraine. washington has always requested elected in ainely coverage. logic is very strange used against civilians. and by a government that has no legitimacy. the representative of that you did not go much further than the american colleagues. talking about the state's monopoly over the use of force. this statement can only be called provocation. it seems that the high representative not only did not was supportingt those that perpetrated the coup d'État. the u.s. and the eu, their great responsibility is strong in the past. the categorical refusal of washington is totally non-fortuitous. running counter to the geneva declaration of 17 april. dialogueontinuation of . what could be a more striking force? of the use of and the signers of the geneva declaration, to not commit a look atror and take a possible consequences of their actions. and stop the district of policy with respect to the ukraine. an
is that this meeting was called by the russians, and it's pretty clear to me that now with russia being attacked by many countries around the world, russia seems to have a pretty consistent diplomatic strategy and that is attack is the best form of defense. hence they called this meeting, pa the russian ambassador who said it was ukraine that was violating the agreement reached in geneva in april. >> the white house is now insulted by our appeal to the kiev government to withdraw forces. before washington had requested elected president victor jankovic to not use force against its people. it's very strange logic that now force can be used against civilians. >> reporter: and he went on to say that he wanted his western colleagues to think twice about their policies. >>> president barack obama has met his german counterpart in washington, d.c. today. >> if we see the destabilization continuing so severely that impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional, more severe sanctions, and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last
on a number of issues. in particular on sanctions against russia over the intervention in ukraine. the ap saying that the president says violence escalating in eastern ukraine is making it obvious to the world that pro-russian militants are not peaceful protesters. he voiced his support for the ukrainian government on the day of its first major offensive aimed at driving out the insurgents occupying government buildings across the east of ukraine. we will hear from the german chancellor in just a bit. she will be introduced i thomas dunne eu, the president and ceo of the chamber of commerce. we bring you a conversation on sanctions and their effectiveness on foreign policy. the president is meeting with chancellor angela merkel. >> german companies always opposed sanctions against iran and it is no surprise that they are opposing sanctions against russia. germany ruthlessly pursued its mercantile interest and the lobbyist wrong. it is a very strong economic relationship between germany and russia. including the former german chancellor. he is making money helping national gas -- natural g
attempt by russia to hold a referendum at gunpoint cemented when anchoring the last month which the international community while the project and received independent surveys have shown winning support for him to bite ukraine even the most the russian speaking eastern regions. a poll conducted last month by the international republican institute which included kindly ensure that only fourteen percent increase in support for jones the scene of the country that even to national institute of sociology has published its april two thousand fourteen findings suggest that close to seventy percent of people living in the south east of ukraine cannot support the separation of the country's regions great news for us your team to some prison term in the modern world he says the eu is free to provide economic aid to ukraine in cooperation with the international monetary fund. rowntree says the interim authorities in kiev have taken steps to help like to be made in geneva to embark on economic and political reforms. laundry needs. the forty from an agreement with the imf with it. he knew whe
and demanding great couple to meet the teacher. so heads to washington to discuss the sanctions on russia ukraine and germany. this is true of harnessing. wait a second in kimonos has lost its not considered an opponent and notes upon the cause of the swelling the ukrainian fine. the one scene. bonnie's life the county. and i was some breaking news on the sea at least two ukrainian troops and one self defense funny to have been killed to kiev relaunch the miniature castle on the east tennessee to have fun be honest which is held my anti government protest as the cca in the donetsk region has a population of just about a hundred thousand. and it's now been painted with people unable to monterey scary. the us. you can see the times of desperate non locals have been trying to prevent it brings me to call a black criminal unseen by simply standing in the way the truth didn't seem all that can stand up for a show which kicks off at the leak came from by the ground and ground and that was the helicopters were sent to read these kinds of that plan b i t was gunned down by the self defense forces
such a strong partner on this issue. you have spoken out forcefully and against russia's illegal actions in ukraine and you have been a leader in the european union as well as an indispensable partner in the g7. your presence here today is a reminder that our nation stand united. we are united in our coordinateon on sanctions. we are united on our unwavering article five commitment to the security of our nato allies including german aircraft joining nato patrols over the baltics. we are united in our support for ukraine including the very program approved this week to help them stabilize and reform its economy. as ukrainian forces move to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian groups are not peaceful protesters. they are heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from russia. the ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory and russia needs to use its influence over these paramilitary groups of they disarm and stop evoking violence. let me say that we are also united in our o
and then the lady behind him. >> hi, i'm ira >> gorbachev did raise the question shouldn't russia join nato also, and james baker pooh-poohed him, and anytiming having made a mistake, james baker later regreated that and -- regretted that and said he should have engaged gorbachev on that question. one of the first acts of the yeltsin government in december 1991 was to raise the question of nato membership, the foreign ministry later said it was a mistranslation, but officials assured me that, in fact, it was a true translation, they just had to withdraw it because it became such a political embarrassment for yeltsin and if or you personally -- and for you personally. i am wondering how much damage has been done by our lack of engagement with russia on the question of a serious integration with russia and its interests with nato. >> first of all, i cannot agree more on your statement, thank you so much. [laughter] and secondly, i agree with the assumption of your question, yes. that's the point, and that's where i technically agree, and i see the point of putin when he says that we had kind of, w
stiffer sanctions, sanctions on the various sectors of russia's economy, the mining sector and believes that would have a bigger bite than sanctions implemented so far which largely target individuals. russia has been hesitant to move forward with stiffer sanctions because they are far more dependent on russia for things like oil than the united states is. so that is where the divide comes in. president obama has said he doesn't want to move forward without his european allies because he wants to present a united front to russia. the u.s. calculation being that that is far stronger than if the u.s. were to move forward unilaterally with those sectoral sanctions but germany is the linchpin here. so president obama will be trying to do some arm twisting. as you say, another issue that might come up the nsa, the two leaders could discuss the fact that german chancellor merkel was quite upset by the revelations that her cell phone had been happened. but the issue of ukraine will overshadow all of the other issues. >> and jean cummings, you've covered economics in the business world for so m
united. we are united to impose costs on russia for its actions including through coordinated sanctions. we are united on our unwavering article five commitment the security of our nato allies including german aircraft joining nato option over the pulpit. we are united in our support for ukraine including a very important imf program approved this week to help stabilize and reform the economy. and as ukrainian forces moved to restore order in eastern ukraine, it is obvious to the world that these russian backed groups are not peaceful protesters. the heavily armed militants who are receiving significant support from russia. the ukrainian government has the right and responsibility to uphold law and order within its territory, russia needs to use its influence over these groups so they disarm and stop provoking violence. let me say that were also united in the outreach over the treatment of the observers to have been detained in eastern ukraine. pro-russian militants are still holding seven observers including four germans and ukrainian escorts. they have been paraded in front of the med
of the country for ukraine has a particularly difficult. these cute fashion map with russia. he's a threat to war over peace to war. what you think about the vast the statement in the commission coming from russia moscow. especially from the traveling involved with the ukrainian situation in your hands clean and simple dough in ukraine is impossible. the district is aggression has no support in the eastern side of the ukraine the eighteen percent of people in the east and so i think the don't ask plus two separate from ukraine and join russia trying to kill him. it was concocted skill was to have the internet these days is a very small to go on a sloping three seconds and chatting mom says there's no not to scale separatism and simple there is a good idea undeclared war being waged by pete in the king's ukraine and this has to be stopped immediately. i think i am not high. do you think that all the countries of the european union i really did go away games to russia. because many of them or at least for a consistent part of these countries. at a mexican accent the relationship in reality with mos
to impose actions on russia. we are united in our unwavering article five commitment. including german aircraft joining nato patrols over the baltics. we are united in our support for ukraine. the very important imf program approved this week. they disarm and stop provoking violence. pro- russian militants are still holding observers, including four germans, as well as ukrainian exports. they have been paraded in front of the media and forced to make statements at the barrel of a gun. it is disgraceful and un- excusable. finally, as both angela and i have repeatedly said, we want to see a diplomatic resolution andrew -- in ukraine. diplomatic and economic. it is estimated that $100 billion will exit russia this year. in short, russians actions are making an already weak economy even weaker. we have been consulting closely with our european and g-7 partners. the russian leadership must know that if it continues to destabilize eastern ukraine and disrupt this month residential collection, we will move quickly on additional steps including further sanctions that will impose greater costs.
, and we will have that for you life and the topic should be the tougher sanctions of russia and the eu role there. >>> and meanwhile, there was a major offensive launched today to take back one of ten cities in eastern ukraine that had been seized by russian militants. and gun fire and explosions could be heard. you are seeing that now. and the government said that the militants shot down two of the helicopters killing two of the crew. the militants say that one of the men was killed. and in a response, spokesman for vladimir putin said that all hopes of a government settlement had been destroyed because of this. and this is all unfolding. we are joined by white house correspondent pete alexander, and also the correspondent to the white house for special affairs peter hollis. and peter, let me start with you, in getting the european i union to agree to stronger sanctions in rush sharks and is that what president obama is going to be pushing for the meetings with angela merkel today? >> well, she got here a while ago and i saw the motorcade arriving here, and they will have a private
to discuss tougher sanctions against russia over issues with ukraine. chancellor merkel is viewed as a pivotal figure in the standoff. >>> and a rockford, ohio, teen gives his great-grandmother the gift of a lifetime. austin dennison took his great-grandmother delores to his senior prom because she never got to go when she was in high school. this is great home video. start crying now, savannah. the two slow dancing together while the others looked on. an incredible gesture there. the night started with dinner at bob evans, one of her favorite places to go eat. the two, get this, they were home by 9:00 p.m. >> that's my dream night right there. >> just what her father said. better be home by 9:00. >> what a sweetheart. i just love that. what a great young man. he should be applauded. >> good man. >> not to mention he probably won all the girls after that. total ploy for the girls. >> should we turn to carson for the weather. >> no problem. let's check out the weather. >> exactly. there he goes. >> i don't know where to go. >> we have al roker, he's at churchill downs in louisville
. reports from inside suggest that it is tension but calm. >> okay, johnna hull -- engineers. >> russia and ukraine had both promised to deescalate tensions in ukraine as part of a deal. >> angela merkel set to meet with president obama. the crisis in ukraine and the stepped up sanctions against russia expected to top the agenda as libby casey reports, this is her first visit to washington since it was revealed that the inform sa was listening in on her conversations >> reporter: president obama and chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the whitehouse as both leaders wrestle with how far to push russia. >> they will say we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stop short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry, an industry german is tied to. trade between the two countries amounted to $100,000,000,000 last year. >> we work closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependent on russian gas. for that reason, we
be used as a pretext by russia to send in the troops to protect them which is how they describe it. how far can the ukrainian government and military push this without risking the full-on by russian troops? it's been concern all along. it's why we've seen such a timid response from the ukrainian military and security agent in general including police here. it is the big question at this point. will the ukrainian military now hold its ground and try to push further into sloviansk or in places like this in donetsk where pro russian groups are in charge of administration buildings here and other cities in eastern ukraine. is this simp will yly going to push forward and pull back? we'll wait and see. it seems to be the most significant operation so far. >> sarah, thank you for joining us. we'll keep you up to date with all developments in eastern ukraine here on bbc world news. >>> australian official heading the searching for mh 370 says it could take up to a year to find the missing plane. houston is confident his team is looking in the right area in the indian ocean. no debris has been f
in the case against the leader jerry adams. ♪ but first russia's president putin criticized ukraine for launching what we calls a punitive operation in the east of the country. kiev says it's blockading the town as part of an antiterrorist operation and ukraine defense ministry say pro-russian separatist shot down two of its helicopters in the region and pro-russia groups are now occupying government offices in several other towns and on wednesday they seized government offices and pro-russia separatists taken over government buildings and captured cancelled buildings and on thursday they took over the prosecutor's office in donsq. we have two correspondents covering the story and we will bet the russia reaction and we will go to eastern ukraine, this is a moving story, jona and bring us up to date with the latest situation report. >> reporter: it is indeed a moving story steve and it began about 4:30 a.m. outside when units of the ukrainian army appeared to launch the next phase in what kiev said was and antiterrorist operation and has been going on for weeks now with the army and
the time troops are already there. what's happening around sloviansk is hugely important. russia would rather use it if they want to launch military operation there. >> there's also the possibility, dare i say, if pro russian separatists have seized railways, that could make it easier for russian forces to move to eastern ukraine quicker? >> definitely. we see the statements from moscow indicating russia is ready to use this. i've seen change of language where the word punitive operation which is russian, the second world war language used against germany forces. the same language is used now. that was somewhat forgotten in recent weeks and months, again up on the table. >> finally, what moscow is saying in public, language used. we've heard from the spokesman. >> the language used by the factions in the russian parliament is very tough. they're talking about a use of as much as possible pressure on ukrainian government. at the end of the day, the main thing is russian propaganda, the army moving into the peaceful town against peaceful people shooting civilians, creating hxgkçma >> a
action on russia after the latest exclamation -- escalation. of course for its part, russia is blaming ukraine, saying they sent a convoy in order to negotiate the release of the eight monitors who were captured by pro-russian separatists earlier. so i think what the ukraine wants to hear is that there is no stepping back, that they are ready to continue to back them on this. right heather, yesterday vladimir putin effectively told erchnof ofchurch an pull back. how are they reacting to that statement in kiev? are think people in kiev very much on amused by what putin has said after what happened here. it is pretty much business as usual, but they are obviously behind the government making some effort to control what is going on there and not just guessing the pro-russian separatist take this buildings that will and gradually take control of the region. >> heather harris, thank you so much, safe travels, our executive editor for eastern europe and emerging markets reporting today from kiev. on this job say, we have alan kruger for you in the next hour. even better, thomas pacelli econo
they will discuss more economic sanctions on russia but at some point the real question is whether tightening the screws on a major trading partner ceases to be in the interest of the german government. >> joe, a bit of a turn. another problem, really one that's plagued the administration for quite some time now. i want to get your take on. new criticism coming at the administration for their handling on the violence in benghazi, the deadly events in benghazi. this e-mail from ben rhodes that came out, is it really a smoking gun as is being described by republicans or is this just more -- is this politicking as this issue has become a bit of a political football ahead of the midterms? >> well, it's a question of optics, kate. also a question of putting the obama administration back on defense with house republicans exploiting those newly disclosed documents that suggests the white house may have misled the public about the attack in benghazi that killed a u.s. ambassador. this all had quieted down but now sort of brought back into the limelight after the non-profit group judicial watch uncove
obama hosts german chancellor angela merkel at the white house. tougher sanctions against russia could be on the table, all this happening as the violence in ukraine escalates dramatically overnight. cnn has been monitoring a large-scale military operation being launched by the ukrainian military, all while russian president vladimir putin is calling on kiev to withdraw its troops from southeast ukraine, withdraw its troops from its own country, if it wants to keep peace. let's get more on today's meeting between the president and angela merkel. senior white house correspondent jim acosta filed this report. >> reporter: john and christine, german chancellor angela merkel's visit to the white house comes at a critical time. both the u.s. and germany have tried to apply pressure on russia to try to de-escalate the crisis in ukraine, the u.s. taking the lead on sanctions, while chancellor merkel has tried to use her closer relationship with russian president vladimir putin to resolve the crisis, but it's not clear whether those closer ties are helping. in a phone conversation that the two
is down a third. in russia, the micex is down a third as well. china still close because of a two-day holiday. they'll be back on monday. the nikkei slipping down 0.2%. the hang seng up 0.5%. the s&p sx. just take a net on this, 38 treasury yields 3.42% at the moment. we got down to 3.39%. the ten-year has been down to two-month lows, 2.59 was the yield during the session yesterday. we're off those lows at the moment. but maybe a bit of a short squeeze going on in treasury markets. we'll talk about that during the show. on the currency markets, the dollar, cautious again ahead of nonfarm payroll. euro/dollar, 1.36 and dollar/yen 102.46. we keep our eyes on sterling, 1.69. up near a five-week peak. that's where we stand with currencies right now. meanwhile, let's bring you up to speed with the latest in ukraine. reports of casualties in eastern ukraine today after the country's military has launched a large operation to regain control of the town of slovyansk. sources say pro-russian separatists have strengthened their hold on donetsk after taking another government building. prime
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when woohoo . the i do the studios here in berlin this is a journal. thanks to his coming. russia percent since the school buildings in east in ukraine. the mets why does this gondola ride police used tear gas water cannon and tear down monday to protest its tentacles an irish politician gerry adams remains in custody wednesday this threat there have been some of the most violent scenes today to ukraine what an angry mob stormed a key government building internet the number of injuries reported. well as the unrest spreads russian president vladimir putin has called on ukraine to remove the security forces from the eastern and southern regions. wednesday's protests on ninety but that could prove especially difficult the land and fees morning tea and that it would have to rework its seventeen billion dollar brain that if it loses control of the economically important east. raising the state's still high protest is the fights done to make that a gas and stone the prosecutor's office and the mets. the run police guarding the building was beaten by them all the kids that the sun to pra
, i'm ali velshi, sayonara. rocked by a latests yeah explosion. crisis in ukraine, russia's grip now tied with the east, and the nato leader now calls the emelin an enemy. >> may day demands angry crowds across the globe, choose today to take to the streets. from the ashes how a crack down on the taliban is creating new opportunities for young pakistanis. and the silk solution, new medical possibilities using web fighters fibers from spiders and goats. >> . >> we begin with ex-treatment violence late today, at least dozen people killed in an explosion just outside the capitol. witnesses say a car bomb went off near the check point. no one has claimed responsibility but the armed group has targeted the city before in it's fight against western influence, a rough francelation means western education is forbidden. tonight's attacks come two weeks after suspected boca gunman kidnapped 200 nigerian school girls. >> what we know speaking to the authorities is that there was a vehicle that was apparently layden with explosives that went off not far from a check point that was been manned by
weather. in ukraine, the fears are growing from russian invasion. as the threatens rhetoric from russia's president gets louder. in seattle, the mayor announce as plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, the high nest the united states. and there are new images of toronto mayor rob ford, allegedly doing drugs yet again, ford says he is headed to rehab, won't talk to the leading challenger running against him, for mayor. >> for the first time in a few days the sun is shining here in the east coast, and communities in a dozen states are finally drying out and cleaning up. the stomps along the eastern seaboard were brutal. and philadelphia several inches of rain said rivers and streams over their banks, crews had to make their way through flooding streets. in maryland half way through baltimore, hundreds of people were told to evacuate after heavy rain flooded streets. authorities opened up nearby dams to prevent more flooding. and in florida a bay bay is one of hundreds of people rescued in pensacola. meanwhile, florida investigators are trying to determine if the heavy rains
. to the pro russia insurgency. along with ukraine. paul joining us live from kiev, tell us more, paul. >> good evening, david, the aannouncement was made today, public bank holiday took many people by surprise, although the parliament here voted in a closed session earlier last month. april, to bring this in, urging the president to actually do it. well, the president alexandar has done it, he put it out in his official grass debt. an official publication, a decree saying that men between the aimings of 18 and 25 of graduate level plus those who are graduated and with military training already, will be now subject to serving at least two years of national service within the ukrainian military. the decree as you say, comes into effect immediately. what is not clear whether they will start joining immediately, or wait for the autumn intake. it was originally scrapped under president he passed in 20 think teen. so this year was scrapped. now it has been introssed by the interim president, and directly in events in the east. it said as much, it was given the situation in the east and the south. ba
. angela merkel will talk about the possibilities of sanctions with russia. >> in pakistan, the taliban has frequently targeted girls a schools in the north. more than 400 schools have been destroyed by that group. but since they have pushed the taliban out, more than 300 of them have been rebuilt. >> this footage captures the moment the taliban bombed the school. during the two years the armed group ruled the northern region, it destroyed more than 400 schools, many of them for girls. the reason the group said at the time was simple. the primary and secondary institutions were providing education that was too western, and non-islamic. today, the situation is very different. after the taliban was pushed out of the area by the military in 2009, more than 350 schools have been reconstructed with the help of foreign governments and international aid agencies. she's in the tenth grade. and she's happy to be back in the classroom. >> when the taliban was in control, they made us so afraid. i didn't go to school for two years. now they are gone, and we can get an education without fear. >> report
into the background. the peninsula, which was annexed by russia last month, was not even a topic of discussion at the recent peace talks in geneva. positions simply differ too much, but the inhabitants of crimea are faced with a lot of uncertainty as far as their everyday lives are concerned. which schoolbooks will pupils have an future, for example. which national league will be crimea in football clubs play and? who will supply the land with electricity? curators of a museum are concerned about the antique gold treasure, which they lent out to a museum in amsterdam. the precious pieces were supposed to have been returned. >> they were mysterious people, nomadic horsemen. they had no writing, left no written legacy, but they did leave fabulous treasures, magnificent garments, and skillfully worked vessels for the knowledge is -- for archaeologists to find in burial mounds. the citizens carved out their mound on the steps north of the black sea. a traveling exhibition of crimean artifacts has landed in amsterdam, and right in the middle of the ukrainian-russian conflict. >> we've got a problem
. >> still ahead, russia says the ukrainian army must leave the southeastern cities. we'll be live in moscow. >> venezuela announced a 30% pay hike on may day. we'll tell you why not everyone's happy about it. >> in brazil, despite recent criticism from a top olympic committee official, brass still says it will be ready for the olympics. >> russian penalty vladimir putin has tolding a america that the ukrainian army must quit the southeast of the country, the kremlin said that putin made the comment in a phone call at the german chancellor thursday. we are joined live from moscow. tough talk from putin there, even as ukraine detains the russian defense attache in key every, likely to exacerbate the situation even further. >> that's right. that detention comes, of course amid a war of words, but not only that, between ukraine and russia, but it wasn't only vladimir putin making demands in that phone call, chancellor merkel would like to see vladimir putin help to obtain the release of foreign monitors held by separatist forces in the east of ukraine. at the same time, russia's foreign ministe
will be in trouble. >> one question he does not like is whether he gets orders or assistance from russia. >> i have no contact with moscow. stop asking i have told you -- stop asking, i have told you this several times. >> but to the authorities in kiev, it is clear that they have -- the russians have sent weapons to him and other separatists in power. like other russian leaders -- pro-russian leaders, he was a member of the soviet army before running a small soap factory. another member is still a member of russian military intelligence according to the european union and ukrainian authorities. he now that she used to live in the shadow but now is openly saying he's behind operations in the separatist provinces of donetsk and luhansk. >> my presence here is a result of the work i did in crimea, and i helped bring about the crimean scenario in the native regions of donetsk and luhansk. >> ukraine separatist leaders were recently unknown in the provinces that they now control. the new leader of the so-called donetsk people's republic used to be a security guard and sell candy, and work for a company
dancing with the sounds of russia and referendum. this effort is deeply sleeping in like with brush and ricotta and one sticks playing inside and the high street and back at me every. was stoning death like this what smashing glass windows and doors. according to the local media want us and stopped at a goat head injury. around three thousand people on this plan yet the administration on its roof and in the enclosed porch at the moment. many of them pulled in but she likes and enjoy the picts. in n out one of the stage of the highest regional administration separate if captured the town console him for the mice. he also told the national flag off and put the gun out of the so called two behinds people's republic was at the news about tiki player can id card debts the condition of their internal organs of the wanted men yet does not raise the sons and on the israeli doctors. this was reported in a social match won by the spokesman. hope i can say to console your ease the door and the patient was transported to one of the clinging to him hi fi at night. it's really don't diss things u
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